Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Stars, 5th T20 Match Prediction2019-12-21
Carrara Oval, Queensland, Australia
The big show between Brisbane Heat and Melbourne Stars!
Brisbane Heat to win this game!
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The 5th game of the Big Bash League will see Brisbane Heat taking on Melbourne Stars in their home ground. The Heat started the tournament on a poor note losing their opening game against the Sydney Thunder. For Melbourne Stars who finished runner up last season, this will be the first game for the new season and the side will be looking to make a perfect start.
Over the last few seasons, the Brisbane Heat have dominated the Melbourne Stars and won four out of the last five games played between the two sides. This is a mental obstacle that the Melbourne Stars will need to overcome as they play the next game. It will be interesting to see how Stars’ skipper Glenn Maxwell approaches the game after the break he took having suffered mental fatigue.
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It was just the wrong day for Brisbane Heat in the first game against Sydney Thunder where they went down by 29 runs. Skipper Chris Lynn will like to put that behind and take confidence from the fact that his side has a good record against the Melbourne Stars over the last few seasons. It was a failure on part of their batsmen in the last game as none of them were able to convert their starts. The side will need a good show from Tom Banton and Max Bryant at the top.
The likes of Chris Lynn, Matt Renshaw and Sam Heazlett will need to do the big-hitting down the order for the side to win the game. In the bowling department, it was an ordinary performance in the last game that allowed their opponents to score runs. Josh Lalor and Mark Steketee will need to pick early wickets in the game. Ben Laughlin and Zahir Khan will need to pitch the ball in the right areas for the side to keep the opponents to a small score in the next game.
Ben Cutting, Zahir Khan, Ben Laughlin, Sam Heazlett, Matt Renshaw, Chris Lynn, Josh Lalor, Mitchell Swepson, Jimmy Peirson, Max Bryant, Tom Banton
Glenn Maxwell will like to put the disappointment of the last season behind when his side lost in the finals and start the season with a win. The side doesn't have the best of records against Brisbane Heat and will look to turn it around in this game. They have a good batting line-up at the top with Nic Maddinson and Ben Dunk opening the batting for the side. Nick Larkin, Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis and Peter Handscomb add strength to the batting for the side.
Seb Gotch down the order is known for his power hitting. They will look to get going in style in this game given their skills and hitting abilities. They have a good bowling attack going into this game starting with Dale Steyn and Daniel Worrall sharing the new ball for the side.
They will look to pick early wickets in the game. In Sandeep Lamichhane and Adam Zampa they have a lethal spin combination. With Stoinis in the side, the bowling attack looks strong ahead of the game.
Hilton Cartwright, Peter Handscomb, Nic Maddinson, Haris Rauf, Clint Hinchliffe, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa, D Worrall, Sandeep Lamichhane, Ben Dunk
The skies over Queensland will be clear on December 20 and the temperature would be comfortable. The pitch is likely to be a good surface to bat on where the batsmen will be able to hit through the line. The fast bowlers will get early movement from the surface and as the game progresses the spinners are likely to do well at this venue.
Carrara Oval, Queensland is a good ground for the batsmen and they have scored plenty of runs in the past. The boundaries around the square are short and this offers plenty of scoring opportunities for the big hitters. Fast bowlers get early assistance on this surface and the spinners have also done well here.
The pitch is expected to be a good one to bat on and the teams will fancy making good use of the conditions. The ball will move a bit during the evening and hence the side that wins the toss in all likelihood is expected to bat first on this surface.
Brisbane Heat goes into the game having suffered a loss in their first game and will look to turn the tide in front of their home crowd. They have a well-balanced unit and shall be hoping to use the condition to their advantage.
For the finalists of the last season, Melbourne Stars it will be their first game of the season and they will like to get off to a perfect start. Brisbane Heat has a great record against Melbourne Stars and playing at home they will start nose ahead of their opponents.
Brisbane Heat to win this game!
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